Why the commute matters to HR priorities


The commute is a major part of the lives of many workers, affecting their overall well-being, productivity, and job satisfaction. This article explores the impact of commuting on HR priorities and highlights the key elements of a commuter engagement strategy. 

Why is employee transportation important for HR leaders?

When considering the employee experience, HR leaders have to recognize the impact of employee transportation. An effective employee transportation strategy can support teams struggling with commuting and contribute to an overall improvement in employee experience.

Retention and Recruitment

Employee transportation can significantly influence an organization’s ability to attract and retain top talent. A convenient and reliable transportation system, such as proximity to public transportation or access to carpooling options, can be a compelling factor for job seekers and part of the fringe benefits of a company. HR managers should consider the transportation needs of prospective employees to ensure the organization remains competitive in the talent market.

Work-Life Balance

Supporting employee transportation contributes to fostering a healthy work-life balance. Lengthy and stressful commutes can negatively impact employees’ personal lives, leading to increased stress and decreased job satisfaction. By providing flexible commuting options or telecommuting opportunities, HR managers can empower employees to better manage their time and achieve a better work-life balance.

Productivity and Engagement

Efficient commuter transportation positively affects productivity and engagement levels. Long commutes, traffic congestion, or unreliable transportation options can drain employees’ energy and reduce their focus on work tasks. HR managers can improve productivity by exploring strategies such as flexible work hours, compressed workweeks, or remote work options, allowing employees to minimize commuting time and maximize their engagement during working hours. For example, time spent on public transport can also be used productively, e.g. to read emails or prepare for the working day. 

Employee Well-being

Promoting employee well-being should be a priority for HR managers, and transportation plays a significant role in this aspect. Lengthy and stressful commutes can negatively impact physical and mental health. By offering alternative transportation options, promoting active commuting (e.g., walking or cycling), or providing access to wellness programs, HR managers can help employees maintain a healthy lifestyle and enhance overall well-being.

Environmental Sustainability

Supporting sustainable transportation options aligns with corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability goals. HR managers can champion initiatives such as carpooling programs, promoting public transportation use, or providing incentives for eco-friendly commuting. By encouraging employees to reduce their carbon footprint through transportation choices, organizations can demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship. There are also advantages with regard to the preparation of the sustainability report.

Employer Branding

If the company takes measures for sustainable mobility, such as job bikes, employee shuttles, carpool groups or similar, then this information can be featured on the (career) website, social media and in job advertisements as valuable perks. In addition, existing employees are motivated by incentives for sustainable commuting and become more engaged with the employer.

Tips on employee commute for HR Managers

HR managers play a pivotal role in ensuring effective employee commuting, leading to a productive and content workforce. To achieve this, they must assess employees’ commuting needs comprehensively and offer a diverse range of options, such as subsidized public transit passes, carpooling programs, or shuttle services. Transparent communication is key to informing employees about available transportation benefits and how to access them.

Collaborating with local transportation providers can further enhance the offerings, negotiating discounts or deals to make commuting more convenient and affordable. Regularly monitoring and evaluating transportation initiatives, while prioritizing employee safety during their commute, are essential for sustained success.

HR managers can introduce wellness initiatives, such as organizing walking or cycling groups, arranging on-site fitness classes, or providing access to gym facilities. Additionally, offering flexible commuting options that allow employees to avoid peak travel times and reduce stress can positively impact their well-being. By investing in employee well-being through commuter transportation strategies, HR managers can cultivate a healthy and motivated workforce.

Implementing incentives for eco-friendly transportation choices and promoting flexible work arrangements, including remote work options, can positively impact both the environment and employee satisfaction. By focusing on these tips, HR managers can create a supportive and employee-friendly work environment, ultimately contributing to the organization’s success.

How Pave Commute supports employee commuting

By recognizing the importance of the commute and implementing supportive strategies, like a commuter rewards and recognition program, HR leaders can better support their teams.

Pave Commute is a turnkey app HR leaders can use to engage commuters, and gain valuable insights into employees’ commuting patterns and preferences. Connect with us to learn more about how a program you can launch in a few clicks can enhance employee experience, productivity, and overall well-being.

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Corey Tucker
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